Monday 3 March 2014

World Book Day celebrations in Clare’s libraries

World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 17th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 6th March 2014 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading. To celebrate the day Clare County Library has added a number of events to its outreach programme for children.

Clare artists Alan Shoosmith and Krystyna Pomeroy will host workshops on book-based themes in Kilrush, Kilkee, Shannon and Ennis libraries.

Author Maria Burke is from Cork. She is a writer, radio presenter and artist. She worked as a primary school teacher for some years and her love of story telling started there. Her fantasy novel for young readers, The Ark of Dun Ruah, was published by Currach Press in November 2012 and was followed to her readers’ delight by the second book in the series, Protectors of the Flame in October 2013. Maria will share her stories and bring her love of reading and now writing for children to schoolchildren in Killaloe and Scariff Libraries on the 7th of March.

Shane Casey is bio-diversity officer with Clare County Council and is also the author of Nature’s Secret Adventures, a beautiful new publication for children, telling of the most amazing adventures that happen to the most ordinary creatures that live all around us. On World Book Day Shane will give two talks about his book and the animals whose adventures inspire his stories to primary school children in Miltown Malbay and Ennistymon. Clare County Library invites children from nearby schools to come along and find out all you need to know about the lives of the creatures with whom you share your garden, school grounds and local parks.

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